Looking at why it takes ten hours (@ 500wds/hr) to write a story instead of five hours (@ 1000wds/hr), I discovered that it was because I've been involuntarily updating the outlines of other stories in the midst of writing the one in front of me, holding three or four stories in my head and spending at least 250wds/hr worth of time untangling them to get the one I want.
I needed an organizational system, so I tried to clear my mind by ignoring the other stories entirely. That didn't seem to work. I was about to look on the Internet for "meditation" when the thought occurred that I live in the country with probably the highest number of monks per capita, and I was going by the local mountain temple anyways. So I figured out my question and asked the abbot:
"Long-pa, I'm trying to clear my mind, so that I can think only one story-full of ideas at a time. How can I do this?"
"A difficult question," he said, nodding. "Come back next week for the answer."
I came back today and asked "Long-pa, did you think about my question?"
And so I was enlightened.
(The rest is beyond the scope of this blog, so here's a picture of a crazy fish.)
Short Story "Bitsy Pollo Save Us!"
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Reading - MASSIVE Sqwertz
(I have no idea if this is any good...researching)